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Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group joins in the year-long, city-wide celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with a reboot of its sold-out, “Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of the Harlem Renaissance,” from the 2016-2017 season. Only this time it’s not just “ladies” singing. We’re expanding the list of classic songs on offer, and the roster of

$21.50

PBJ & Jazz with Anthony Stanco Ensemble

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability

PBJ & Jazz: Songs of the Season with Dave Powers and Friends

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability

Columbus Youth Jazz Winter Performance

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus

Our nationally renowned Columbus Youth Jazz (CYJ) program culminates its fall semester in a performance at Fort Hayes High School featuring our four large ensembles. Come see the CYJ Workshop, Ensemble, Studio, and Orchestra showcase the repertoire they have been developing this semester and their skills in improvisation and jazz style. This two hour performance is free and open to

4th Floor Live: Thelonious Monk Tribute

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join us December 6th to celebrate the world-class artistry of our local jazz community through a tribute to Thelonious Monk! The Danny Bauer and Zakk Jones Quintet will be bringing the individualistic and unique voice of Monk to the Jazz Academy. Join us for live music and in depth discussion about the music and life of Thelonious Monk. About the

Free

Offstage at the Academy with Niki Haris

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Niki Haris will be at the Jazz Academy to answer all your questions on Saturday, December 1, at 2 PM. Be sure to join us for Offstage to be blown away by the talent and charisma that she brings to the stage with the CJO. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern

Free

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Niki Haris The CJO heats up the yuletide season with the annual Home for the Holidays concerts, this season featuring vocalist Niki Haris, daughter of soul-jazz piano great, Gene Harris. While Niki excels at jazz, blues and gospel, and is in high demand at jazz clubs and festivals, it was on the international pop music scene where she first

$18 – $71

Columbus Youth Jazz Lab Final Performance

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

For eight weeks, middle and high school students across central Ohio have met to develop their skills as a jazz musician in our Columbus Youth Jazz Lab (CYJL) program. The CYJL works to expand each students’ abilities in jazz style, improvisation and overall technique through a combo-based curriculum. Join us at 2 PM for the CYJL final performance and witness

PBJ & Jazz with Safety Squad

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

PBJ & Jazz concerts feature some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles in a family-friendly setting.PBJ and Jazz artists are known for their ability to captivate audiences of all ages, making the series a cornerstone of Jazz Arts Group’s Jazz Academy programming. Parents love this program because “the musicians extremely family friendly,” as reported by a mom this past season. “We loved the approachability

One Night Only

The Bluestone 583 East Broad Street, Columbus

One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group's annual fundraiser.  This year it will take place at The Bluestone located at 583 E. Broad Street.  Guests will be treated to appetizers, buffet meal, and a concert featuring Sean Carney and Omar Coleman.  Special appearances by Bobby Floyd and Byron Stripling. Join us November 2nd for One Night Only, Jazz Arts Group's

Offstage at the Academy: Maurice Hines, Leo Manzari, John Manzari

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join us at the Jazz Academy on Saturday, October 20th, at 2 PM for a chance to share your thoughts and ask questions with our guest artists from the Fascinating Rhythm show; Maurice Hines, Leo Manzari, and John Manzari. Offstage is a chance to engage the outstanding guest artists you saw in the Southern Theatre in a fun, casual, and open environment.

Fascinating Rhythm featuring Maurice Hines with John and Leo Manzari

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Maurice Hines with John and Leo Manzari The Columbus Jazz Orchestra's Swingin’ with the CJO concert series kicks off with a high energy, tour-de-force evening of hot jazz and tap featuring Tony Award-nominee Maurice Hines and the dynamic, rapid-fire tap dancing duo of John and Leo Manzari. Maurice Hines and the Manzari Brothers join Byron Stripling and the 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra for

$18.50 – $71.50

Harrison West Jazz Stage – New Basics Brass Band

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Join us for New Basics Brass Band September 30!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over the

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Harrison West Jazz Stage – Shawn “Thunder” Wallace Quartet

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Join us for the Shawn "Thunder" Wallace Quartet September 23!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over

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Tenor Titans of the Capital City

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Celebrating the lives and legacies of legendary tenor saxophonists Rusty Bryant, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Gene Walker, the concert will include a world premiere work composed by Columbus Jazz Orchestra principal arranger and saxophonist, Chad Eby, and feature a roster of top area saxophonists and instrumentalists. It’s especially fitting that the event takes place at the historic Lincoln Theatre where

$21.50

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Flippo!

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Join us for Flippo September 16!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over the four concert series.

Free

Tenor Titans Listening Party

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

The musical contributions of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Rusty Bryant and Gene Walker are on display at the Jazz Academy! Ahead of the September “Tenor Titans of the Capital City” performance at the Lincoln Theatre, we dive into the legendary musical personalities of three “Tenor Titans” who have left an undeniable impression on the Columbus musical community. Join us as we

Free

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Birdshack

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Join us for Birdshack September 9!   The Harrison West Jazz Stage returns for its sixth season September 9 – September 30 at the Harrison Park Gazebo. Presented by Jazz Arts Group in partnership with Harrison West Society, this series of FREE concerts features local jazz musicians and showcases a wide range of jazz styles over the four concert series.

Free

Classic Soul & Pop Hits

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocal powerhouse and former “Sounds of Blackness” lead singer, Quan Howell, and Columbus’s favorite singer-pianist, Dave Powers, perform the songs of Billy Joel, Elton John, Al Green, and more in this final concert of the CJO’s 2018 JazZoo concert series.

$35

Sinatra & Friends

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Guest vocalists, Phil Clark and Helen Welch, sing and the CJO swings the classic tunes made famous by Frank Sinatra and his contemporaries.

$35

The Best of Bobby Floyd

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocalist Carmen Bradford opens the Great American Songbook to reveal timeless classics, plus heartfelt pop and soul favorites in this JazZoo 2018 opening night concert.

$35

Swingin’ & Singin’ the American Songbook

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Vocalist Carmen Bradford opens the Great American Songbook to reveal timeless classics, plus heartfelt pop and soul favorites in this JazZoo 2018 opening night concert.

$35
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Columbus Community Jazz Band

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led By:                        Pete Mills Dates/Times:           Thursdays, July 12th through August 9th, 7pm-9pm Final Performance at JazZoo – August 10th Fee:                             $100 for new members, $75 for returning members Register by:             Friday, July 5th, 2018 For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum

$75 – $100

Offstage at the Academy with Nicole Henry & Michael Lynche

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Nicole Henry and Michael Lynche for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights

Free

Legends of Rhythm & Blues: From Sam Cooke to Stevie Wonder & Beyond

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Nicole Henry & Michael Lynche Chart-topping jazz vocalist, Nicole Henry, and American Idol finalist, Michael Lynche, lend vocal fireworks to concerts that get to the very heart and soul of rhythm and blues. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street, Columbus), by phone at (614) 469-0939 or at www.ticketmaster.com.

$18 – $71

Spotlight on Free Jazz: The Breakdown of Convention

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led by: Alex Burgoyne and his band Date: April 23rd Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fee: Free to the publicJoin Alex Burgoyne and his band for a look at a few of the major contributors to the free jazz movement. We'll discuss some of the ​musical techniques of the free jazz movement, as well as the performance practice​,​ communication​, ​improvisational​,

Jazz Academy Jam Session

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led By: Zach Compston and JAG Teaching Artists Date: Sunday, April 22nd Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Location: Jazz AcademyThe jam session is a long standing tradition for jazz musicians who want to hone their skills with a live band. Join us at the Jazz Academy for a jam session led by JAG artists! Open to all ages and ability

Jazz Composers Celebration

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Moderated by: Zach Compston Date: Monday, April 16 Time: 7-9pm Fee: Free to composers and audience membersFrom swing and bebop to funk and hip-hop, today’s jazz composers draw from a wider array of influences than ever before to create captivating music. On April 16th, JAG celebrates the original compositions of musicians from the Columbus jazz scene. Participants will have an opportunity

Terell Stafford Quintet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Trumpeter-composer, Terell Stafford brings his top flight quintet to the Lincoln Theatre for one performance only Thursday, April 12th, presented by the Jazz Arts Group in collaboration with the King Arts Complex. Stafford is renowned in the jazz world, and has garnered numerous award nominations and accolades for his work as an outstanding performer, educator and leader. Stafford is Director

$26.50

Watu Utungo: A Musical Conversation on Jazz and Civil Rights

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led by: James Gaiters and Watu Utungo, with special guests Date: Monday, April 9th Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Fee: Free to the publicJazz has long served as a vehicle for creativity, personal expression and the quest for social and political justice. Watu Utungo, led by renowned Columbus-area drummer James Gaiters, will perform in an intimate setting at the Jazz

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Famous Jazz Recordings

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led by: Vaughn Wiester Dates: Thursdays, April 5th thru April 26th Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM Location: Jazz Academy Fee: FREESpend some time with a handful of Vaughn's favorite jazz records. We'll examine jazz performances from perspectives narrow and wide. We'll look at elements such as form and style while taking note of what's inside or outside the "common

Free

PBJ & Jazz – New Basics Brass Band

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, March 24, 2018 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages. PBJ & Jazz concerts are $5 per person

$5

Offstage at the Academy with Herlin Riley & Vaughn Wiester

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Herlin Riley and Vaughn Wiester for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights

Free

New Orleans One Mo’ Time

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Herlin Riley & Vaughn Weister We listened when you said you loved our New Orleans show last season.  So we’re coming back with New Orleans One Mo’ Time featuring critically-acclaimed New Orleans drummer, Herlin Riley, and Columbus’ own New Orleans/Dixieland trombone master, Vaughn Weister. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 East State Street, Columbus), by

$18 – $71

2018 Columbus City Schools Jazz Fest

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

February 24, 2018 | 9:00am - 4:30pm Lincoln Theatre Complex: 769 E. Long St. Columbus, OH 43203 The 2018 CCS JazzFest will be held at the Lincoln Theatre Complex on February 24. This year's event will feature school performances, special guest performances and instruction from renowned Jazz Arts Group teaching artists. Come listen to the amazing talent of the jazz

Free

Offstage at the Academy with Roberta Gambarini & Jeff Hamilton

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Roberta Gambarini and Jeff Hamilton for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music and insights

Free

100 Years of Buddy Rich & Dizzy Gillespie

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Roberta Gambarini & Jeff Hamilton Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Buddy Rich pushed the limits of jazz and their instruments with the force of their personalities, virtuosity of their playing and clear visionary ideas.  We celebrate their legacy with concerts featuring two-time Grammy®-nominated Italian vocalist, Roberta Gambarini, recently featured on Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Spring Gala, and jazz drummer extraordinaire,

$18 – $71

PBJ & Jazz – Kelly McLennan

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, February 3, 2018                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

The Becca Stevens Band

Shadowbox Live 503 South Front Street, Columbus

Becca Stevens combines elements of classical, pop, folk and world music with traditional Appalachian and jazz to create songs the New York Times calls “impressively absorbing.”  Snarky Puppy, Esperanza Spalding, Brad Mehldau and David Crosby are among her fans and recent collaborators. Discover her for yourself in this intimate performance. For your convenience tickets for the Becca Stevens Band at

$25

PBJ & Jazz – Ohio Jaztet

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, January 13, 2018                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

Swingin’ In the New Year with Byron Stripling

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

World renowned jazz trumpeter, band leader and Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, Byron Stripling, trumpets jazzy, joyous refrains in his year-end party at the Lincoln Theatre.  The Byron Stripling quartet features the always amazing Bobby Floyd on piano and the Hammond B3, Larry Cook on bass, and Richard Thompson on drums.  Joining in this year’s revelry is special guest vocalist

$26.5

PBJ & Jazz – Tony Monaco Trio: “Songs of the Season”

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, December 16, 2017                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

Offstage at the Academy with Peggy Kriha Dye & David Pruyn

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Peggy Kriha Dye and David Pruyn for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear

Free

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring Peggy Kriha Dye & David Pruyn We jazz up your holiday season with our annual Home for the Holidays concerts November 29 – December 3 with singer/drummer, David Pruyn, and internationally acclaimed soprano and Opera Columbus Artistic Director, Peggy Kriha Dye, performing seasonal favorites and jazz standards as only the CJO can. Tickets on sale now at the CBUSArts

$18 – $71

PBJ & Jazz – Rachel Sepulveda

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Saturday, November 18, 2017                 Two Shows: 10:00 am & 11:30am PBJ & Jazz concerts are 1-hour long interactive concerts designed to introduce jazz and American music to young children and their families. Featuring some of Columbus’ finest musicians and ensembles, PBJ & Jazz concerts are a great introduction to live music for all ages.

$5

One Night Only

The Bluestone 583 East Broad Street, Columbus

One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group’s annual fundraiser and hosts 250-300 attendees. This year the event will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at The Bluestone – 583 E. Broad Street, Columbus, 43215.  One Night Only aims to highlight the contributions of Jazz Arts Group to the vibrant arts community of Columbus, Ohio and to raise funds to continue in our mission: Dedicated

$150

Offstage at the Academy with John Clayton & Micah Thomas

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists John Clayton and Micah Thomas for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to

Free

A Columbus Jazz Orchestra 45th Anniversary Extravaganza!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Featuring John Clayton, Joshua Redman & Micah Thomas The 2017-2018 season opens October 12 – 15 with A CJO 45th Anniversary Extravaganza! featuring one of the greatest saxophonists of this generation, Joshua Redman.  The program also includes the world premiere of a new work by the great jazz bassist/composer/bandleader, John Clayton, starring Columbus native and piano wunderkind, Micah Thomas, and

$18 – $71

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Brasileira

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Brasileira is a group that was started by Kelly Crum Delaveris and Vaughn Wiester in 1996. It features Brazilian songs, and most are sung in Portuguese. Many of the songs are from the MPB/Tropicalia era of Brazilian music, with a heavy emphasis on the compositions of Antonio Carlos Jobim. The event is child-friendly with an accompanying playground within the park. Musicologie, a

Free

Rhythm Future Quartet

Copious-Notes 520 South High Street, Columbus

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet, keeps the Gypsy jazz spirit alive and expanding with its dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions drawn from diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound influenced by the classic Hot Club of France,

$20

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Robert Mason Trio

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

The Robert Mason Trio commits to bringing high energy music every performance. You can hear elements of jazz, blues, gospel, and current R&B favorites. The trio has been performing since 2015 and features John Phillip Allen on bass, Willie Barthel III on drums, and Robert Mason on Piano. Robert Mason is a pianist and teacher from Columbus, Ohio. With a

Free

Harrison West Jazz Stage – Safety Squad

Harrison Park Gazebo 575 West 1st Avenue, Columbus

Safety Squad is a large ensemble from Columbus, OH that embraces the music and spirit of Snarky Puppy, a Grammy-winning group whose sound blends a mixture of funk, neo-soul, modern jazz, dixieland and everything in between. Formed by pianist Danny Bauer, the collective of both Capital University and Ohio State University students/alum is dedicated to this music and has a

Free

PBJ & Jazz at Topiary Park with ZC7: Latin Jazz Experience

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

Drummer Zach Compston leads an all-star lineup of Columbus jazz favorites, including CJO musicians Pete Mills and Ryan Hamilton, in a performance of Latin Jazz songs that will have you dancing and grooving along! Take a musical journey to Cuba, Brazil, New York City and beyond with the music of Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Horace Silver and other Latin-inspired jazz

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Liz Woolley

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Liz Woolley Band is a quintet featuring the original music of singer/songwriter Liz Woolley as well as the arranging and musical talents of guitarist Dennis Hodges, vibraphonist Dylan Bram, bassist John Allen, and drummer Brian Ellerman. The band originated as Liz Woolley’s solo project in the winter of 2012, and later evolved into The Liz Woolley Band after the

JazZoo – Rock and Jazz Hits of The ‘70s & ‘80s

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Jump into the hot tub time machine and travel to the ‘70s and ‘80s for some of the biggest rock-jazz hits of Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago, Steely Dan and more featuring Columbus’ own blue-eyed soul man Phil Clark and The Floorwalkers’ front man Jonathan Elliott. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614)

$35

JazZoo – Basie, Brubeck and Beyond

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

‘Take Five’ with Byron Stripling and the high octane Columbus Jazz Orchestra as they perform classic tunes by Dave Brubeck, Count Basie and others featuring up-and-coming jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly and Columbus’ favorite singer/pianist Dave Powers. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to the Columbus

$35

CYJO at Jazz & Rib Fest

Bicentennial Park 233 S Civic Center Drive, Columbus

Come out and see Columbus' finest youth jazz musicians, Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (CYJO), led by Fort Hayes Music Director and local musician, Mark Donavan. This set also features special guest on drums, Jim Rupp. Rupp has toured extensively with the bands of Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson and Glenn Miller.   The orchestra's talented high school musicians further their experience

Free

JazZoo – The Ultimate American Songbook

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Songs by George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter from beloved Broadway shows and classic movie musicals come to life on this concert featuring one of Columbus’s favorite songbirds, Kelly Crum Delaveris, and the high-spirited high jinx of xylophone virtuoso Ian Finkel. Arrive early for a pre-show performance by Opera Columbus stars soprano, Kimberly Monzon, bass-baritone, Carlos Monzon, and pianist,

$35

JazZoo – Sing, Sing, Swing

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

Your favorite swing era hits by Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and more performed as only your Columbus Jazz Orchestra can featuring red-hot solos by your favorite CJO musicians along with special guest Chuck Redd on vibraphone. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS, or go online to

$35

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Bright Moments Quintet

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Bright Moments Quintet is led Dayton-area saxophonist and educator Bill Burns who is joined by a band of first-call Dayton/Cincinnati musicians (Felita LaRock, vocals; Brian Cashwell, piano; Chris Berg, bass; and Jim Leslie, drums). Their 2016 CD release, “Jazz Advice”, is a wonderful resource for children and families to learn about jazz and Ohio history through music, and their

CAMP Blues Creekside Performance

Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival 117 Mill Street, Gahanna

Enjoy a special Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival performance by the members of CAMP Blues. Led by international Blues musician Sean Carney, CAMP Blues begins as a week-long summer camp ensemble experience for young, budding blues musicians. During the week of the Festival, campers focus on learning about and playing the blues, including playing guitar, bass and drums; exploring those

$7

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park with Byron Stripling & The Bobby Floyd Trio

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

PBJ & Jazz at the Topiary Park concerts are free and follow family story time at 11 a.m. in the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. The noon concert will conclude with a hands-on art activity, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., presented by the Columbus Museum of Art. The

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Jazz Academy Summer Jam Sessions

Lincoln Cafe 740 East Long Street, Columbus

Join us for our Summer Jam Sessions, the first Fridays in June, July and August! Live at the Lincoln Cafe, this is your chance to sit in and play with past and present Columbus Youth Jazz members, college musicians and some of the finest professional musicians in Central Ohio. You never know who will show up to perform! Our jam

Free

Columbus Community Jazz Band and Youth Jazz All-Stars in Concert

Clintonville Woman's Club 3951 North High Street, Columbus

Join Jazz Arts Group's Columbus Community Jazz Band and Columbus Youth Jazz All-Stars in concert at the Clintonville Woman's Club, one of Columbus' finest venues for live jazz! The Columbus Community Jazz Band, led by Famous Jazz Orchestra saxophonist Jay Miglia, is the chance for anyone who has played an instrument to get back in the swing of things! Led by

$5 – $10

Columbus Youth Jazz Program – Final Concert

Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center 546 Jack Gibbs Boulevard, Columbus

Join us for the final Youth Jazz concert of the 2016-2017 season! Our students have been working hard this school year and want to share it with you! Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra (Mark Donavan) Columbus Youth Jazz Studio Ensemble (Ryan Hamilton) Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Matt James) Columbus Youth Jazz Workshop (Zach Compston) This concert is FREE to the public.

Free

John Ellis & Double Wide

Copious-Notes 520 South High Street, Columbus

Friday, April 21st Two Sets: 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. Band leader, composer and sax man John Ellis has a taste for southern soul that’s as deep and rich as the sounds from his tenor saxophone. His band, Double Wide, conjures the spirit of New Orleans with each foot-stomping performance. We can’t promise jambalaya, but we can promise great down-home jazz and

$25
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Columbus Community Jazz Band

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Led By: Jay Miglia Date & Time: Thursdays, April 20 – May 25, 7-9pm Final Performance on May 25thFee: $75 for Jazz Academy members $100 for new participants NOTE: We have hit our maximum for drummers and are no longer able to accommodate for  more.For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, or Bass (we are no longer taking drummers). 

Offstage at the Academy with Carmen Bradford, Dave Powers, Phil Clark and Quan Howell

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists Carmen Bradford, Dave Powers, Phil Clark and Quan Howell for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will

Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, April 9, 2017 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. A quartet of powerful vocalists from the worlds of jazz, soul and gospel join Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra for Soul Session: From Ray Charles to Whitney Houston April 6 – 9 at the Southern Theatre.

$25 – $58

Offstage at the Academy with Harry Allen and Warren Wolf

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists, Harry Allen and Warren Wolf, for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to

Cab Calloway, Lionel Hampton & The Big Band Explosion!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, March 16 – Sunday, March 19, 2017 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. With a nod to the great, roaring big bands of Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton, expect concerts bursting with spontaneous, raucous, red-hot solos by your favorite CJO players and our special guest tenor sax star, Harry Allen, and

$25 – $58

Offstage at the Academy with FLIPPO

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join one of Columbus’ favorite bands, FLIPPO, as they perform and discuss their most recent project, “Flood: The Music of Herbie Hancock”, Offstage at the Jazz Academy! "Flood" was the eighteenth album by Herbie Hancock, recorded live in Japan in 1975. Hancock remains one of the most influential jazz pianists working today and was one of the primary architects of

Free

Swing Sunday: Columbus Youth Jazz Performance

Clintonville Woman's Club 3951 North High Street, Columbus

Suggested Donation: $10 (adults), $5 (students) The Columbus Youth Jazz program brings you the magic of big band jazz at one of Columbus’ best venues for live music! Join us for an afternoon of the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and more performed by some of Central Ohio’s finest young musicians! Snacks and beverages will be available

$5 – $10

Ladies Sing the Blues: Songs & Sounds of The Harlem Renaissance

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

A top notch line-up of some of the city’s most respected musicians sets the tone and tempo for an evening celebrating the style, sass and songs of the Harlem Renaissance. Expect stirring performances by Columbus’-own jazz and blues songstresses, show-stopping cameos by Columbus Jazz Orchestra members...

$25

Offstage at the Academy with Marva Hicks and Nicki Parrott

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra guest artists, Marva Hicks and Nicki Parrott for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear

Ella Fitzgerald & the Great Ladies of Swing

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

2017 marks the centenary of America's “First Lady of Song,” the incomparable Miss Ella Fitzgerald. We honor Ella’s remarkable legacy, and those of her contemporaries with performances by two outstanding guest vocalists. Get ready to swing to the passionate vocals of Marva Hicks and the sultry stylings of vocalist/bassist Nicki Parrot.

$25 – $58

The Matt Wilson Quartet

Copious-Notes 520 S. High Street, Columbus

Thursday, January 19, 2017 Two sets: 7 & 9 p.m. Made up of Matt Wilson on drums, Martin Wind on bass, Jeff Lederer on tenor sax and clarinet, and Kirk Knuffke on cornet, The Matt Wilson Quartet has been called “one of the best working bands in New York City” by the New York Times. See why when they take over

$25

Offstage at the Academy with Matt Wilson

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

New York based drummer and Grammy nominee Matt Wilson is one of today’s most celebrated jazz artists. He is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. Matt’s positive energy, sense of humor and ability to explore a broad range of musical settings keeps him in constant

Swingin’ in the New Year with Byron Stripling

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

For “Swingin’ in the New Year,” internationally renowned trumpet virtuoso and Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, Byron Stripling, will lead his quartet and the 17 members of the Jazz Arts Group’s Columbus Community Jazz Band in a rousing year-end musical celebration filled with holiday favorites, jazz standards, blues and gospel. This is a great opportunity to hear Byron step outside

$25

Offstage at the Academy with Carly Thomas Smith and Micah Thomas

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join Carly Thomas Smith and Micah Thomas, our Columbus Jazz Orchestra Guest Artists, for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to

Home for the Holidays

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Wednesday, November 30 – Sunday, December 4, 2016 Wednesday - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Watch the live webcast HERE Jazz up your holidays with Carly Thomas Smith and Micah Thomas, performing beloved standards and holiday favorites with the high-powered 16-piece Columbus Jazz Orchestra. This is the perfect gift for the music lover on your

$25

One Night Only

Copious-Notes 520 South High Street, Columbus

One Night Only is Jazz Arts Group’s annual fundraiser and hosts 250-300 attendees. This year the event will be held on Friday, November 18th, 2016 at 6:00pm at Copious-Notes. The evening’s musical activities feature trumpet virtuoso, Artistic Director of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Mr. Byron Stripling along with guest artist, Aldo Lόpez Gavilán.  Mr. Gavilán will be traveling to Central Ohio

$150

Offstage at the Academy with Evan Christopher and Jamison Ross

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Join our Columbus Jazz Orchestra Evan Christopher and Jamison Ross for a casual and engaging conversation with you – the audience! “Offstage at the Jazz Academy” provides participants a FREE behind-the-scenes glimpse at the unique lives and music of our guest artists – adding a new perspective to being an audience member. You will have the opportunity to hear music

Masterclass with Jamison Ross

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Columbus Jazz Orchestra Guest Artist and Florida born drummer/vocalist,  Jamison Ross is a fluid percussionist and gospel-influenced singer. He is best known as the 2012 winner of the 25th annual Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Join Jamison for a FREE masterclass at the Jazz Academy, where he will discuss his musical inspiration and concepts; and he will work with YOU on

Free

New Orleans on Parade!

Southern Theatre 21 E. Main Street,, Columbus

Thursday, October 20 – Sunday, October 23, 2016 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Sunday at 3 p.m. Bourbon Street comes to Main Street when Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra are joined by world-renowned New Orleans-based clarinetist, Evan Christopher, and Grammy Award-nominee and Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition winning drummer and vocalist, Jamison Ross.

$25
Recurring

Columbus Community Jazz Band

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

For instrumentalists with fundamental experience on Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drum Set.

Wycliffe Gordon & The Bobby Floyd Trio

Copious-Notes 520 S. High Street, Columbus

Thursday, September 15, 2016 Two sets: 7 & 9 p.m. Wycliffe Gordon’s skill and versatility have made him one of the most celebrated and respected jazz trombonist on the planet.  Similar superlatives have been accorded keyboardist extraordinaire and Columbus Jazz Orchestra member, Bobby Floyd, whose trio joins with Gordon on the first concert of our new “Jazz Arts Group Presents” Series.

$25

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring Kelly McLennan

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The final offering on the series takes place

Free

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Bobby Floyd Trio with Byron Stripling

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The third PBJ & Jazz concert on the

Free

JazZoo — Sounds of the ’70s

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Sounds of the '70s” featuring guest vocalist Helen Welch Classic '70s sounds fill the air with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and special guest vocalist Helen Welch performing unforgettable tunes by Burt Bacharach, The Carpenters, Elton John and more in this final 2016 JazZoo concert. To purchase single tickets and tables call the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at (614) 724-3485 or (800) MONKEYS,

$30

JazZoo — Big Band Classics

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Big Band Classics” featuring guest vocalist Dee Daniels Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman gave “big band” its unmistakable sound.  Now the Columbus Jazz Orchestra continues the tradition with a program of classic big band tunes and arrangements showcasing the sensational instrumentalists in the orchestra and the outstanding four-octave range of guest vocalist Dee Daniels. To purchase

$30

JazZoo — A Hand Full of Keys: A Piano Extravaganza

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“A Hand Full of Keys: A Piano Extravaganza” featuring keyboardists Bobby Floyd, Dave Powers and Micah Thomas.   Many call the piano the king of instruments.  It can bebop, boogie-woogie, honky-tonk and serenade us.  And it will do it all when a trio of outstanding guest keyboardists take center stage to "tickle the ivories" with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in

$30

JazZoo — Bessie Smith, B.B. King & The Blues

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium 9990 Riverside Drive,, Powell

“Bessie Smith, B.B. King & the Blues” featuring guest vocalist Miche Braden   The Columbus Jazz Orchestra is joined by powerful guest vocalist Miche Braden for "Bessie Smith, B.B. King & the Blues," celebrating the lasting legacy of two all-time blues greats -- Bessie Smith and B.B. King -- in this opening concert of the 2016 JazZoo Concert Series.   To

$30

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Jailynn Lake-Noel Quartet

Downtown Topiary Park 480 East Town Street, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   Award-winning bassist for the Columbus Youth Jazz Orchestra,

Free
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Columbus Youth Jazz Summer Workshop

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

For students with a minimum of 2 years of experience on their instrument – Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Piano, Bass and Drum Set.

$250 – $350

PBJ & Jazz Concert Series featuring the Caribbean Jazz Quintet

Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Branch 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus

The Jazz Arts Group is pleased to present the 8th summer season of its free PBJ & Jazz Concert Series, hour-long interactive concerts for kids and families, at the Topiary Park (480 E Town Street) and the main branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (96 South Grant Avenue) in downtown Columbus.   The Caribbean Jazz Quintet opens this summer's series

Recurring

CAMP Blues

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Recommended for beginning to intermediate students on Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass, Drum Set, Saxophone, Trumpet, and Trombone, ages 11 through adult.

$250 – $350

The Aaron Diehl Trio

Lincoln Theatre 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

Columbus native Aaron Diehl represents the past, present and future of jazz on the world stage. He is hailed by the New York Times as...

$25

JAG Young Composer Celebration

Jazz Academy 769 E. Long St,, Columbus

From swing and bebop to funk and hip-hop, today’s young jazz composers draw from a wider array of influences than ever before to create captivating music.